Youth trades programme leads to self employment

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27 Oct 2017

Ben Niven was one of the first graduates of the Youth Guarantee (YG) programme at Ara, and he was back on campus this week to tell the story of how YG gave him the start he needed in the engineering trades industry.

His speech inspired the audience of 15 to 19 year-old students and over 500 family members at the annual Ara Youth Showcase awards.

“I was working fulltime at Hell Pizza. School had not worked out for me,” Ben said. “I did the Youth Guarantee programme in automotive. It taught me a base foundation of everything in my career that I am doing at the moment.”

Ben had high praise for his tutors. “Everything they told me was wonderful and I tried to retain every sentence. I couldn’t stop listening.”  

Youth Guarantee gave Ben the opportunity to try different trades and to gain his pre-trade qualification in engineering trades, fees-free. He then worked in an engineering workshop, “doing what I was told”, and was offered the chance to be a contractor at 18, which led to two years of work in Darfield in the dairy industry. A period of subcontracting on projects around town followed. “Driving past things, I could say ‘helped with that’ and it was an exciting feeling.”

“I’m 25 so I guess you could say I’ve done an apprenticeship - seven years of solid learning, solid work, learning on the job.”

The future looks bright. “I have just secured a lease on a reasonable size workshop in Hornby. And to be honest, it was one of the proudest moments of my entire life. I can’t tell you how much it means to me and I’m sure that all of you have the potential to do the same thing if you put your heads to it.”

The annual Ara Youth Showcase awards are testament to the impact youth pathway programmes have on young people. Young people from a range of schools and backgrounds spoke about their experiences in the programme. They had left school and enrolled in YG, or remained at school to complete NCEA credits while also completing Canterbury Tertiary College at Ara.

Held on 26 October in the Whareora, the event gave voice to young people from a range of subject areas including trades, TOA sports, business administration, retail, cooking, health and hairdressing. Some of the speakers said they would not have had the confidence to stand up in front of a large crowd before coming to Ara. All of them thanked their tutors for their extraordinary dedication and care.

The award winners were:

Programme

Academic excellence

Citizenship - most positive, respectful, inclusive, and helps others

NZ Certificate in Foundation Studies (Digital Technologies)

Thomas Flanagan

Liam Dyman

Health and Social Services Pathway

Francessca Scoon

Clare Burrows

Construction and Infrastructure Vocational Pathways/Building and Construction

Liam  Paterson

Euan Beat

Construction and Infrastructure Vocational Pathways/Building and Construction

Lachlan Forbes

Lachlan Sydney

Introduction to Construction - Carpentry

Avinesh Chand

Abhishek Chand

NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) Building & Construction

Reihana Downs

 

NZ Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) Building & Construction

Sabastian Collins

Jay Fowler

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) - Carpentry

Wilbur Hurley

Cherish Hubber

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) - Carpentry

Jack Sheriff

Michael Fili

Certificate in Carpentry Level 4

Liam Quinn

Ryan McKee

Manufacturing and Technology Trade - Introduction to Engineering & Automotive

Lane McIntosh

Jim Fitzgibbon

Manufacturing and Technology Trade - Introduction to Engineering & Automotive

Jessica Etherinton

Viliame Mocevakaca & Nemani Saravaki

Manufacturing and Technology Trade - Introduction to Automotive Trades

Bryn Taylor

Cayden Clark

Manufacturing and Technology Trade - Introduction to Automotive Trades

 

Storm Pinn

Manufacturing and Technology Trade - Electrical

Campbell Tiffin

Josh Mantell

Certificate in Sports Training and Indigenous Culture

Tyrelle Tonihi-Pitama

Dahrel McGregor

Certificate in Early Childhood Studies

Ashleigh Watkins-Westbury

Jaxon Woodward

Social and Community Services - Sport, Wellness & Nutrition Pathway

Jaimie O'Hagan

Georgi Vaughan-Walker

Service Industries Trade - Food and Beverage Pathway  (Level 2)

Sam Miller

Rikirangi Hawaikirangi

Certificate in Foundation Studies - Hospitality Supported Learning Level 1

Aniesh Holland

Ethan Hamilton-Currey

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

April Rivera

Shannyn Edgeworth

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

Holly Stanley

Marcus Burney

New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2)

Hazel Langford

William de la Mere

New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory) (Level 2)

Emma Stewart

Hayley Murray

New Zealand Certificate in Salon Skills (Introductory) (Level 2)

Brooke Hutton

Olivia Waldron

Service Industries Trade - Beauty Therapy and Salon Skills

Grace Bell

Ashleigh Lintott

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

Emma Walters

Hadassah Top

Service Industries Non-Trade - Retail, Business Administration and Technology Level 2

 

Nicole Gardiner

Certificate in Foundation Studies - Retail Pathway

Therese Formentera

Lucy Harwood

New Zealand Certificate in Retail (Level 3)

Regan Redmond

Jasmine Peneha

Creative Industries Vocational Pathway (Design)

Re Toko Te Hemi

Nick Meyer